Workers’ Comp Eligibility
In the state of New Jersey, injured workers have a right to receive compensation if their illness or injury is related to their job. This compensation is provided so that an injured worker will have access to income during the time they cannot work. Employers who are not covered by government programs are required by law to have workers’ compensation insurance, but receiving this financial compensation usually requires employees to engage in a long and drawn out process with the employer and insurance company. However, obtaining legal counsel can greatly speed up the process and give workers access to the funds they have been promised.
Between 2000 and 2011, a total of 1,283 workers lost their lives to fatal injuries in New Jersey workplaces, according to the New Jersey Department of Health. Thousands more were injured. Although the number of deaths and injuries has been decreasing in recent years, any worker who suffers injury on the job may face lost wages, lost productivity, and a long road to recovery.
In 2013, the New Jersey Department of Labor recorded 103,400 cases of workplace injuries. About 4,000 of these injuries resulted in hospitalizations, according to the Department of Health. About 55,000 injuries required the injured person to take at least one day off work, and another 14,000 injured people needed to be placed on light duty or reassigned so that they could continue to work as their injuries healed. Read the rest »
This March, businesses and employees throughout New Jersey and the United States will observe Workplace Eye Safety Awareness Month. Although many jobs require good vision in order to perform, many workers are not fully aware of the risks of eye injury that may exist in their workplaces or the best ways to prevent injuries. Experienced New Jersey eye injury lawyers encourage workers to know the risks and to take precautions to prevent harm – every time.
According to Oregon State University researchers, over 2,000 eye injuries are suffered on the job site every day. About ten percent of those injuries cause a worker to miss at least one day of work in order to recover, damaging earning capacity and productivity. Ten to twenty percent of those who suffer eye injuries at work experience some loss of vision. In some cases, this loss of vision is permanent. Read the rest »
A 58-year-old man was killed at a New Jersey construction site when a one-pound tape measure fell from the 50th floor of a building and struck him in the head. According to a news report in The Daily Record, the fatal construction accident occurred at a site in downtown Jersey City. Officials say the man was delivering a product to the construction site when the tape measure became dislodged from the belt of a worker on the 50th floor. The victim left his hard hat in his truck and was fatally struck in the head. He succumbed to his injuries at a nearby hospital shortly thereafter.
Coming into contact with objects and equipment at a construction site can be extremely dangerous. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 717 fatal work injuries that resulted from contact with objects and equipment in the year 2013. During that same year, 503 workers were killed when they were struck by objects, including 245 who were killed by falling objects. Read the rest »
A 33-year-old worker from Jersey City was injured in a New Jersey construction accident when a 2,600 pound steel girder fell on him. According to a news report in The Hanover Eagle, the accident occurred at the site of the Melanie Lane Bridge reconstruction in East Hanover Township. Officials say the girder was being held by a vibrating hammer attached to a backhoe when it came loose and fell on the worker. He sustained a serious hip injury and was transported to Morristown Medical Center. The site was shut down pending an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Structural iron and steel workers are responsible for installing the iron or steel beams, girders and columns that form buildings and bridges. A regular shift as an iron and steel worker includes unloading and stacking steel so that it can be lifted, using cranes to lift large beams and girders into place, aligning beams into position, standing on beams to position the pieces and welding beams into place. Read the rest »
A worker was critically injured in Camden as he was repairing a traffic light above the roadway when a tractor-trailer struck the bucket truck and sent the worker falling onto the roof of the truck before crashing onto the roadway. According to a WPVI news report, the on-the-job accident occurred in the vicinity of Mt. Ephraim Avenue and Everett Street. Officials say the bucket on the truck tipped over sending the worker onto the trailer before falling to the ground. The worker was critically injured in the accident. It is unclear if the female truck driver will face citations and charges for the crash, but officials believe the truck went through the light before striking the bucket truck. Read the rest »
In December of 2008, a ship crew member fell and struck his jaw against his bunk during rough seas off the New Jersey coast. He fell ill after that accident and has not been able to return to work. According to a Business Insurance news report, the owner of the commercial fishing vessel will have to pay for lodging, food and medical expenses for the injured worker even though his condition may have been related to a prior condition.
After returning to shore, the worker was hospitalized and diagnosed with aplastic anemia. It is unclear if his current condition is a direct result of the injury he suffered while working or if it is related to his prior hepatitis C diagnosis. He did not show symptoms of aplastic anemia before the accident, the report states. Read the rest »
On December 4, 2013, a man was killed while working at an Amazon warehouse resulting in a lengthy investigation. According to a news report on Penn Live, the fatal warehouse accident occurred at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Avenel, New Jersey. Officials say he was caught in between a conveyor system while performing sorting operations. The investigation into the cause of the accident has resulted in citations for companies in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, and New York.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited the facility where the worker was killed as well as four temporary staffing companies. OSHA officials say that temporary staffing agencies are responsible for assessing work sites to ensure that workers are provided reasonably safe work conditions. In this case, the staffing companies were cited for not certifying that a hazard assessment of the facility was conducted before employees were allowed to work there. Read the rest »
A floor collapse in a New Jersey restaurant resulted in the death of one construction worker and seriously injured another. According to a news report in The Associated Press, the fatal construction accident occurred at Coda Restaurant and Bar in Maplewood. Officials say two workers were installing a staircase in the basement when part of the first floor crumbled. When the floor collapsed, one of the workers was fatally crushed and the other sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The cause of the collapse is under investigation. Read the rest »
A 33-year-old maintenance worker was injured after falling from a ride at a New Jersey carnival. According to a CBS news report, the accident occurred at a carnival in the Voorhees Town Center. Officials say the maintenance worker fell off scaffolding he was using while repairing a swing ride. He was conscious after the fall and has since been released from the hospital. The carnival was closed that day because of high winds, but it is unclear if the wind contributed to the fall or if the worker was provided fall prevention gear.
Construction workers, painters, and maintenance crews regularly use scaffolding. These simple and useful devices are responsible for a number of accidents and fatalities each year. According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 54 fatalities in 2009 from scaffolds and staging. Of the injuries suffered in scaffolding accidents that year, 72 percent occurred when the planking or support gave way or when the employee slipped or was struck by a falling object.
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